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Samsung Note8

Samsung Note8


9.8 /10

Battery life

8.2 /10


8.8 /10

Ease of use

8.5 /10

Design and form factor

8.2 /10


  • S Pen is now more useful and fun
  • Huge, beautiful display
  • Great dual camera
  • Excellent, water-resistant build


  • Very expensive
  • Bixby has no real world use
  • Not a huge improvement over the S8 Plus

Samsung Note8 review -

Read our Note8 review India review for the Exynos variant with hybrid slim slot.

Samsung Galaxy Note8. A slightly bigger Galaxy S8+ with a pen and two cameras.

The next iteration of Samsung flagships note is out now. During an event in New York Samsung released note 8. A lot is riding on the 8th version, especially after the Note7 blast fiasco, which resulted in the biggest call back in the history of mobile history. Samsung is hoping to leave all those behind and start afresh with note 8. Samsung has introduced new 8 point security check to avoid and Note7 type debacle.It is priced at ₹67,900 with some launch day like one-time screen replacement and free wireless charger available to those who preorder it on Amazon or Samsung online store. Pre-orders are live now with delivery starting from September 21, 2017. Read our Note8 review India review for the Exynos variant with hybrid slim slot.

The S-Pen. It's plastic.

Now, let's talk about Note8's most important features: dual camera and Stylus. Note8 has the first dual camera setup from Samsung which we will discuss later. Let's focus on the S pen. The stylus aka S-Pen is the main feature which makes note different from the Galaxy lineup. Productivity is one of the strongest points in note8 owing to the s pen. The S pen can detect up to 4096 pressure points. New software features have been added to increase the productivity of Note8. It very useful in selecting text, creating GIFs and taking notes.Now you can write up to 100 pages of notes without unlocking the screen.

The S-Pen menu.

Here is a quick spec sheet for the phone
Display -  6.3" Super AMOLED 'Infinity Display', 2,960x1440 resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 522ppi; HDR10 with 1200 nits of display.
Body - Gorilla Glass 5 front and back
Rear camera - Primary 12MP, Type 1/2.55" sensor, f/1.7 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length; Secondary 12MP, Type 1/3.4" sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length; dual pixel phase detection autofocus and OIS on both; 2x zoom. 2160p/30fps video recording.
Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording
OS/Software: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Storage - 6GB of RAM; 64GB of storage; microSD slot for cards up to 256GB, UFS cards support
Connectivity: Single-SIM, Dual-SIM available in India; LTE-A,, USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac MU-MIMO; GPS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0
Battery - 3,300mAh Li-Po (sealed); Adaptive Fast Charging
Misc: S-Pen stylus with 4096 pressure levels; fingerprint/iris/face recognition; single speaker on the bottom; 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones.

Now let's look at the 5 essential features needed to call a smartphone great
Note8 is Samsung's first phone with the dual camera setup. It sports a dual camera, one Normal lens, and another telephoto, both are  12 megapixels. The primary camera performs well in low light conditions owing to the f/1.7 aperture; while telephoto has a f/2.2 aperture for not so great low light shots.

New feature: a dual-lens camera system. Old feature: a terrible fingerprint reader location.

The infinity display from Galaxy S8/s8 plus is carried over. It sports a 6.3-inch display with a quad HD+ resolution with PPI of 521. The display looks vibrant and sometimes oversaturated all thanks to Super AMOLED display. Although there is an option to select if you want Vivid color or regular saturated colors.

The Note8 in hand.

The battery is the only department in Note8 where you have to make a compromise. it has slight reduced 3300 Mah battery, 200 less than the short lived Note7 and very similar galaxy S8+. Although Samsung denied that Note7 has nothing to do with it, certainly it has played safe. It will last a full day without required to charge midway. You will get 4.5 Hrs on a screen on time.

Here's my attempt to unlock with a natural grip. I don't have huge hands, but, wow, that's far away.

The note follows the same design philosophy of galaxy series,  just it little bit boxier at the edges. The phone is covered with curved gorilla glass on the front and back.

The top bezel is slim and packed with stuff, including an iris scanner.

The phone comes with two SOC options -  Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 octa. The snapdragon will be available only in USA and China, and Rest of the world including India will get Exynos variant. It will be coupled with 6GB LPDDR4 RAM .

Bixby is back, with a hardware button.

The Samsung's event was focused on how Note8 enhances your productivity illustrating the fact that Note8 very important flagship, and how Samsung is trying hard to make it great. Overall it is an excellent phone with all gimmicks required for being a true flagship. But repeating the old success of previous iterations of Note series would be difficult. Comparing Note8 with the closest competitor, the Samsung's own Galaxy S8+, there is an increase in RAM, although an updated edition with 6GB RAM was launched in India in July 2017 makes selling the Note8 a difficult task. We hope that this review has provided you the insight required to make a purchase decision before buying the Note8. Please share the "Galaxy Note8 review India" page and like us on Facebook.
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